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Tom Vilsack
30th United States Secretary of Agriculture
Assumed office
January 21, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Ed Schafer
40th Governor of Iowa
In office
January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
Lieutenant Sally Pederson
Preceded by Terry Branstad
Succeeded by Chet Culver
Personal details
Born December 13, 1950 (1950-12-13) (age 68)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Christie Vilsack
Alma mater Hamilton College
Albany Law School
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is a former Governor of Iowa and a former Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At college, he met and married his wife, Christie. They moved to Iowa after graduation. They have two children.

Vilsack served in the Iowa State Senate before he ran for governor in 1998. He won that election and the next one in 2002. He chose not to run again in 2006.

In December 2006, Vilsack said he would run for president. He dropped out of the race a few months later. He endorsed New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Vilsack is now U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

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